The Timeless Argument
If you’re unaware of the endless quarrel between fans of gaming PCs and consoles, it is basically this: consoles are the future, PC gaming is yesterday’s news, so get with the program.
Naturally the PC gamers refute this, but they’re often too busy playing on the biggest multiplayer gaming networks without paying for the pleasure. Discussions on some hardware review forums date back years, and yet despite the fact that such websites are still running, there are still people pushing the pro-console agenda.
Looking at the situation holistically, however, you see that the competition is often based on the same old arguments: quality of games, style of gameplay, the controller vs keyboard argument and benchmarking and specifications. Ultimately, the enthusiasts on both sides are playing top trumps with hardware specs.
Of course, the squabble exists away from forums and Facebook; the same taunting between PC gamers and console gamers can persist offline, in clubs, offices and schools, often taking precedence over the inevitable disagreement between Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners about which platform is best.
But hold on a moment. Does owning a PC that you like to play games on preclude you from playing on a games console? Does being a fan of console-based games mean that you have no interest in playing games with a mouse and keyboard? Of course it doesn't!
Clearly there is an overlap – if people like games, they will play them on whatever happens to be the best platform at the time. It just so happens that in 2011, the best platform is a mid- to high-end PC, but there is no guarantee that this will be the case in five years’ time.